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#12533 of 12737 Considering CPO 2006 BMW 530i or 530xi
Oct 26, 2008 (5:06 pm)
AFter ruling out the 335i b/c of run flats I am leaning toward a CPO 2006 530i or 530xi with premium, sport (maybe) cold weather, comfort access, and nav. My main concern are do run flats come in the 2006 530 series whether it be 530i or 530xi. I would consider sport on either. I have had sport on both 3 series I had previously and don't mind the firmer handling.
Secondly, what is the deal with i drive? I drove one this weekend and the dealer said it took 5 minutes to master. This one had nav and I drive a TL with nav and mine is very simple. This one seemed burdensome. Should I avoid BMW's nav altogehter? Is the i drive for the climate and radio a pain? I love dhow it handled but this contrapation seemed rather annoying. Thanks
#12534 of 12737 Re: Considering CPO 2006 BMW 530i or 530xi [cecilt1]
Oct 26, 2008 (5:59 pm)
Takes a few minutes to figure out the basics. Here's a tip my SA gave me:
Pushl the controller forward for the phone--think you're making a call out of the vehicle.
Pull it back for Radio -- radio signals come in.
Right for navigation -- your passenger/copilot is the navigator
Left -- you for climate control.
In addition, a great deal of the functions are triggered by voice commands.
Finding a nearby restaurant or gas station is a bit cumbersome to figure out though.
#12535 of 12737 Re: Considering CPO 2006 BMW 530i or 530xi [ponytrekker]
Oct 26, 2008 (6:57 pm)
Yea, the SA did a voice command and of course it did something completely different. I don't know, the BMW is such a great driving car but this may keep me from buying one. Looking forward to others feedback. Thanks
#12536 of 12737 Re: Radiator question [ny540i6]
Oct 26, 2008 (8:08 pm)
Well, pay over $275 if you are gonna get on of those beautiful, over engineered, all aluminum beauties that I lust for, but can't justify.
I should have said don't pay over $275 for an OEM radiator...
Oct 27, 2008 (7:04 am)
We just bought a 3 series for my wife. I have trouble getting into it since I am over 6 feet tall and have a bit of a back problem.
I really like how it drives though and am wondering if the 528xi will provide enough increase in vehicle size to accommodate my needs?
Also, what is the consensus on the 528xi versus the competition?
#12538 of 12737 Re: wheel offset [99bimmer]
Oct 28, 2008 (1:44 pm)
I do not know the offset but I have just purchased some 7 series wheels and I am attempting to mount them on my 5 series. You seem to know a great deal about these specs and are you in the know about a 235/60/16 michelin mounted a 7 series wheel?
#12539 of 12737 tires for 530i
Nov 04, 2008 (8:51 am)
I have a 2006 530i w/o sports package. I got 30000 miles on original tires - Goodyear Eagle RS-A (not run-flat). I like the tires OK but would like some thoughts on other tires. I'm a fairly conservative driver and don't have to have the most expensive tire. Thoughts on bang for buck, good solid tires?
#12540 of 12737 Re: Considering CPO 2006 BMW 530i or 530xi [cecilt1]
Nov 04, 2008 (6:37 pm)
I bought 2006 used 530 (no sport) and the vehicle does not have run-flat tires. I understand some do, particularly with sport option. I would not buy a vehicle with runflats -they're expensive to replace and ride rough.
I find the i-drive to be no big deal. It's quite intuitive to use, though pretty tedious. Other systems like the audi are better, but I would not base a car-buying decision on i-drive. I do not have nav, so i-drive may be worse with nav.
Nov 05, 2008 (8:10 am)
I recently got a price from Rallye BMW in Long Island, NY:
2009 BMW 535i xDrive
Heated Rear Seats
High Beam Assistant
Lane Departure Warning
Park Distance Control
Buy for $58,755
I thought this was an okay price, but with this recessionary era upon us, and hearing that auto sales are the WORST they've been in years, coupled with the fact that MB is offering $6K cash incentive on their E series, I believe in the coming months, I can get a better price.
What does the community think?
Should I be plucking that much money down on a car during these recessionary times? Wait for a better offer?
#12542 of 12737 Re: 2009 535xi [juniorbmw]
Nov 05, 2008 (9:23 am)
I believe in the coming months, I can get a better price.
I strongly agree. I'm not currently in the market for a new car, but if I were, I'd wait until after Christmas. By then, the market for luxury cars will be the softest that we've seen in years, & buyers with money in the bank or A+ credit will write their own tickets.
Assuming that you live in Nassau or western Suffolk counties, you should also shop Habberstad (in Huntington), Oyster Bay & Competition (in Smithtown). Take advantage of your proximity to 4 dealerships within easy driving distance of one another.